Council ensures only crackers went bang this Christmas

Merton Council averted a potentially dangerous situation over the Christmas period by removing a variety of dumped gas cylinders from a derelict site in Morden. The action prevented the potential need to evacuate residents living in the area over the festive period.

The council organised the removal of 20 gas cylinders from the rear of a property in Wandle Road on Christmas Eve following notification by the Fire Brigade of the potential risk. The cylinders contained a variety of substances including acetylene, butane and propane. The cylinders are now being stored at a secure location until they are collected for safe disposal.

Merton Council’s cabinet member for the environment, Councillor David Simpson said: “Abandoned gas cylinders are potentially extremely dangerous. If the cylinders were to explode they could cause a great deal of damage and personal injury. I am grateful for the speedy response of the council officers in removing the cylinders. This is just one example of the difficult, and sometimes dangerous, situations they deal with on a daily basis.

‘The safe removal of the cylinders is a great example of effective teamwork and partnership working leading to a safer Merton. As soon as the council was alerted by colleagues at Mitcham Fire Station, the various council departments including building control, environmental health, enforcement and emergency planning, came together to quickly resolve the situation and ensure public safety. Residents would have been none the wiser about what was going on, and that is how it should be. The actions of the Fire Brigade and council mean that the potential danger was safely removed and residents did not have to face possible evacuation from their homes.”